The seventh round of the Future London Leaders Programme began in January 2014 and finished in July 2014. Profiles of the seventh round candidates are available below.

Future London Leaders Round Seven

Cathy BaconCathy Bacon
Development Manager, Peabody

“I started my career as a structural engineer working as a consultant on a wide range of projects including commercial and residential developments. I decided to move to the client side as I wanted to be able to shape the design and see a development through from inception to completion and occupation. I am currently a Development Manager at Peabody, responsible for managing projects through acquisition, planning, construction and handover to resident services. I am looking forward to participating in the Future London Leaders programme and hope to develop my management and leadership skills, learn about the challenges facing housing practitioners in London, and develop my professional networks.”

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Chatinder BalChatinder Bal
Head of Land and New Business, Thames Valley Housing Association

“I have been working in property development for the last 10 years, and as such have a considerable experience of working in a variety of market conditions. Having started my RP career as a development officer and then moving on to a development manager position, I have considerable experience in managing the whole development process from initial identification, planning, acquisition and onsite delivery. Over the last 4 years I have been predominately involved in the acquisition of land led opportunities for Thames Valley Housing and our consortium partners. I look forward to the learning and networking opportunities afforded by this programme.”

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Anna BolsinAnna Bolsin
Development and Investment Project Officer, LB Waltham Forest

“I have worked in housing for over 6 years, currently at the London Borough of Waltham Forest and previously both in the private sector, providing advice on the delivery of Section 106 affordable housing as part of residential or mixed-use development, and in a housing association. Through my professional experience and as someone who lives in the capital, I am keenly aware of the significant challenges that London faces in terms of housing supply and affordability and I take a real interest in how we might address these. I am excited to be taking part in the Future London Leaders Programme, both for my own professional development and the opportunity to collaborate with others to develop new ideas to make a positive difference to meeting London’s housing needs.”

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Laura EdwardsLaura Edwards
Policy Planner, LB Redbridge

“I started my planning career at the Home Builders Federation and upon completion of this contract transferred to Local Government Planning Policy where I have been working for over five and a half years. At Redbridge my role involves providing planning policy advice on major planning applications; monitoring and reviewing the implementation of adopted policies; community consultation; preparing evidence base items and developing policies for emerging Local Development Documents. I am a Chartered Member of the RTPI and volunteer for Planning Aid outside of work hours.”

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Mark FrostMark Frost
Team Leader, Transport Planning & Policy, LB Hounslow

“I have worked in the traffic, road safety and transport planning section at Hounslow for nine years, responsible for delivering a range of sustainable transport schemes and initiatives, as well as the development and implementation the authority’s wider transport strategy, the Local Implementation Plan. In recent years I have worked more closely with colleagues in spatial planning and economic development on strategic transport schemes, given transport’s often crucial role in unlocking growth, and am now keen to gain a wider appreciation of the determinants of successful regeneration schemes drawing on best practice and innovation from elsewhere in the capital.

The Future London Leaders initiative would seem to be a unique opportunity to gain this exposure. I am also looking forward to meeting and getting to know other leading officers and practitioners working in regeneration from across London and learning from them, and my mentor, on how to develop both my technical expertise and my people management skills.”

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Polly GardnerPolly Gardner
Business Development Manager, Catalyst Housing Association

“I have been at Catalyst for four years where I started as a Regeneration Officer and progressed to my current position of Business Development Manager. My role involves acting as the project manager to lead a team from across the business to deliver projects that are beneficial to the growth or development of the business. This currently includes the options appraisal stage of a regeneration scheme, setting up a private market rent arm of the business and improving our leaseholder post sales service. Prior to Catalyst I did a Masters degree in City Regeneration. I am really looking forward to the Future London Leaders Programme and hope to develop my leadership and management skills as well as meet new people from across the sector.”

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Shelley GouldShelley Gould
Senior Strategic Planner, Greater London Authority

“I began my career as a transport planner, but soon realised that my true interest was in urban planning and regeneration. I joined the Greater London Authority in 2006 and worked firstly as a policy planner in the London Plan Team before transferring to the development and projects team in 2008. Over the last six years I have been privileged to work as a senior planner to deliver Mayoral priorities on a great number of strategic planning applications across the capital and to ensure that Local Authority development plans emerge in line with the London Plan. My current workload features exciting strategic planning applications for large regeneration sites across the Royal Docks which will deliver important growth in housing and jobs for London.

The FLL programme is an exciting opportunity for me to gain a greater understanding of regeneration issues in London from the perspective of the other key organisations and bodies involved in delivery and I’m really looking forward to improving my leadership skills while building new professional networks.”

Alex HearnAlexander Hearn
Regeneration Manager for Wembley, LB Brent

“I’m a town planner by trade but I am fortunate to have been exposed to mixed use development and project management through the South Kilburn Regeneration Programme, leading multi-disciplinary teams and delivering hundreds of homes to planning and working on a CPO. In the last couple of years I have been working on the Wembley Programme; in particular delivering temporary uses, refreshing the Vision and looking at place identity, branding and narratives. I am particularly interested in how a place undergoes long term and large scale change. I’ve got an interesting background, but want to be able to convert that experience into operating at a senior level.”

Archika Kumar
Project Manager, LB Hackney

“My background is in architecture, urban design and planning. I am currently working as a Project Manager at Hackney Council’s Estate Regeneration team. I am responsible for the delivery of the redevelopment of Council’s estates from inception to completion. I am passionate about cities and creating high quality living environment in cities, where individuals, families and communities can flourish and live fulfilling lives. I am excited about the Future of London Leaders Programme, and hope to develop my management and leadership skills, alongside expanding my knowledge and understanding of regeneration and meeting like-minded people.”

Sarah LovellSarah Lovell
Area Manager – North Tottenham, LB Haringey

“I have been working in regeneration for the past 8 years and I have been fortunate enough to work on several large and exciting regeneration projects in both Bristol and London- the most challenging and rewarding of which has been the Earls Court Regeneration Project. I have recently been appointed as the Area Regeneration Manager for North Tottenham and I am looking forward to working with the community to deliver regeneration in two of the most deprived wards in the UK. The Future London Leaders programme is a great opportunity and I am hoping to develop my leadership skills and learn from others about developing innovative approaches to leverage investment and deliver transformative regeneration in challenging areas of London.”

Claragh Mulhern
Area Planning Officer, City of Westminster

“I have worked as a planning officer in development control since 2003 and have worked at Westminster City Council since 2007. During this time I have dealt with a wide range of planning applications, from minor developments to complex land use proposals and large-scale redevelopments. I have worked in my current role as a principal planning officer for two years and I regularly present applications at Planning Committee, liaise with elected Members and meet high profile applicants, objectors and their representatives. In addition to this, I manage staff and assist with responses to and implementation of new legislation and policy within the Council. Working in Westminster has given me the opportunity to experience the complexity of factors which make London such a unique place to live, work and visit.

I am looking forward to broadening my understanding of the issues faced by the other participants in the FLL programme, and learning from their knowledge and experience. I also hope to develop my management and leadership skills for the benefit of myself and my colleagues.”

Claire O’Donovan
Strategic Policy and Research, LB Merton

“Having worked in private and in other public sector roles previously, I have worked in the Strategic Policy and Research team in Merton Council since 2009. In my role I am responsible for developing employment and retail policies and research, as well as developing Merton’s Community Infrastructure Levy.

I am pleased to have been given the opportunity to participate in the Future London Leaders programme. I am looking forward to meeting and working with new colleagues, to share our knowledge and experiences. From this course, I am hoping to attain new management qualities that I can apply to projects that I am involved with.”

Anna PeploeAnna Peploe
Market Intelligence Manager, Catalyst Housing Association

“I have been working in a research context at Catalyst Housing for four years prior to which I had a number of customer facing roles. I was appointed to my role as Market Intelligence Manager in 2008 and manage a team of researchers to inform strategy development, better understand the profile of housing need within the market and its pressures also. I am also responsible for providing appraisals of potential development opportunities along with house price guidance, and market rent monitoring to inform affordable rent setting. Additionally, the team supports our housing management and community development teams with bespoke research to improve service delivery. I am also currently project managing a large customer insight exercise to develop a richer understanding of potential and existing residents.

I am really excited to be given the opportunity to take part in this year’s FLL programme and hope to develop my skills in leadership and management as well as to share best practise and learn from others across the sector to enrich what I can offer at Catalyst.”

Hermine SansonHermine Sanson
Senior Strategic Planner, Greater London Authority

“I have worked in planning policy for the last 5 years and have played a key part in the development of the Mayor’s Spatial Development Strategy, the London Plan. I now lead on the management of the boroughs’ local plans. I am passionate about making a difference in London and I am looking forward to exchanging ideas with colleagues and discussing the issues London is currently facing. I also welcome the opportunity of being supported by a mentor to develop in my career, and I hope to be able to apply the skills I’m going to gain from the programme in my day to day job.”

Martin Teodorczyk-150sqMartin Teodorczyk
Property Development Manager, Transport for London

“I have been working for 10 years on property development, urban regeneration and economic development projects as a private sector consultant and at Transport for London. My current role is to manage and enhance development opportunities across the TfL estate, either property sales or joint ventures of surplus assets and land around the transport network. I’m looking forward to meeting the other candidates who are contemporaries in related fields and learning more about their work, as well as gaining exposure to senior professionals. I’m looking to the course to develop management and leadership skills in an interesting and innovative environment.”

Andrew Williams-150sqAndrew Williams
Development Officer, RB Greenwich

“I have worked in local government for five years, primarily concentrating on housing and regeneration, and have significant experience in partnership management, procurement and project management. I currently work for RB Greenwich in its Housing Strategy and Partnership team, focusing on the development of affordable housing.

I am excited to be a part of the Future London Leaders programme. I’m looking forward to meeting and learning from people with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences, and developing my leadership and management skills in order to be better placed to contribute to overcoming some of the many challenges that London faces both now and in the future.”

To view profiles of candidates from previous rounds, visit our alumni page.